Remembering Manna Dey : Tu Pyaar Kaa Saagar Hai


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 06 , 2013           08.25 P.M.

Manna Dey

Manna Dey (Photo credit: ramesh_lalwani)

Prabodh Chandra Dey a.k.a. Manna Dey

1 May 1919  −  24 October 2013

The news of Manna Dey’s death was almost a certainty and was expected . Advancing age and failing health had prepared us for such an eventuality . Still when I read about his demise , a pall of gloom engulfed me . He died on October 24 , 2013 in Bengaluru at the age of 94 .

Manna Dey , along with Mohammad Rafi , Mukesh , Kishore Kumar , Talat Mehmood and Hemant Kumar , was the most important play back singer of the golden era of Hindi films and a force to reckon with in singing world . With his demise , the last remnant of the golden era of Hindi film music and a gigantic figure among the male play back singers of Hindi film world is gone forever .

Before proceeding further , I must admit my blasphemy that initially I used to dislike his singing . Today as I can understand the nuances of music , I am ashamed of my blasphemy and I am extremely sorry that during my adolescent years , I was unable to appreciate his mastery of the art and craft . The first song of Manna Dey , which I liked and appreciated was the iconic ” Qasme Waade Pyaar Wafa , Sab Baaten Hain Baaton Kaa Kyaa ………………………………………. ” , the song from Manoj Kumar’s ” Upkar ” [ 1967 ] . I was speechless and stunned while listening the song and watching Pran Saheb on screen . It is uncanny that Pran Saheb and his screen voice in many films , Manna Da , both died in 2013 . Pran Saheb left us on July 12 , 2013 and just 3 months 12 days later , his voice on-screen , Manna Da also left us on October 24 , 2013 .

Later on when I started watching old Hindi films in Allahabad in Sunday morning shows , I watched ” Shri 420 ” [ 1955 ] , I was hooked to his voice . ” Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua , Phir Pyaar Se Ab Kyon Darta Hai Dil …………………………… ” , ” Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwaalaa …………………………… ” , ” Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh ………………………. ” and the evergreen ” Ramaiya Vastavaiya ……………… “ are difficult to forget .

After watching ” Chori Chori ” [ 1956 ] , I was mesmerized by his voice . His duets with Lata Mangeshkar are immortal and they are pure gems . ” Aajaa Sanam , Madhur Chandni Men Ham ……………………………….. ” and ” Ye Raat Bheegi Bheegi , Ye Mast Fizayen …………………………………… “ refuse to fade away from my memory even after 57 years .

Who can forget his other immortal melodies like ; ” Ae Mere Pyare Watan …………… ” , ” Ik Chatur Naar Karke Singar ………………………………. ” , ” Poochho Na Kaise Maine Rain Bitayee ………………………………………. ” , ” Aao Twist Karen ………………………………………………. ” , ” Yaari Hai Eemaan Meraa …………………………………….. ” and ” Ye Dosti Ham Nahin Chhodenge ……………………………………. ” ?

Known by his stage name Manna Dey , he debuted in the film ” Tamanna ” [ 1942 ] , and continued to sing till ” Umar ” [ 2006 ] . He went on to record more than 4000 songs during 1942 – 2013 . He , though sang for other heroes occasionally , was the voice of Raj Kapoor , Uttam Kumar , Mehmood and Pran .

Since 1992, Manna Dey withdrew himself from Hindi film music. But he continued to sing in Bengali movies, bhajans and ghazals in different languages and appeared in live performances during 1992 to 2012 . His last live performance was in 2012 in Mumbai. His last recorded song in Hindi films was for the film Umar in 2006 composed by Shamir Tandon, Duniyawaalo Kee Nahee Kuchh Bhee Khabar, which he sang along with Kavita Krishnamoorthy and Sonu Nigam.

He sang duets with singers like Mukesh, Sandhya Mukherjee, Mahendra Kapoor, Talat Mahmood, Amit Kumar, Shailendra Singh, Krishna Kalle, Shardha Rajan Iyengar, Arati Mukherjee, Chandrani Mukherjee, Anuradha Pudwal, Hemlata, Minu Purushottom, Bhupinder Singh, K.J. Yesudas, Suresh Wadkar, Kavita Krishnamoorty, Alka Yagnik, Antara Chowdhury, Preeti Sagar, Dilraj Kaur, Yunus Fazmi, Jaspal Singh, Anwar, Manhar Udhas, Joginder and Mubarak Begum.

He worked with more than 102 music directors in Hindi film industry from working with Krishna Chandra Dey in ” Tamanna ” [ 1942 ] to music composer Shamir Tandon in ” Umar ” [ 2006 ] . Thus it was an unprecedented 64 years – long – singing – career .

The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007 . He was presented the Filmfare Life Time Achievement Award in 2011.

Manna Da sang mainly in Hindi and Bengali; he also recorded songs in several other Indian languages .

Music career in other languages

  • He sang around 1262 songs in Bengali : 611 songs in Bengali films and 356 Bengali non-film songs . He also sang 46 Rabindra Sangeet Songs in Bengali , 3 Dwigendra Geet , 84 Shyama Sangeet , 23 songs in Akashvani , 3 title songs for Bengali TV serials , 103 Bengali songs from non-released Bengali films and 33 Bengali songs of other varieties .
  • He sang 35 film songs in Bhojpuri , 2 songs in Magadh and one song in Maithili language .
  • He sang 13 Punjabi film songs and 5 non-film songs .
  • He sang 2 songs in Assamese films and 4 non-film songs in Assamese language .
  • He sang 7 songs in Oriya language and 1 song each in Konkani film and Sindhi film .
  • He sang 85 songs in Gujrathi films.
  • He sang 55 Marathi songs in Marathi films and 15 non-film songs in Marathi .He was good at Marathi natya sangeet too, which is one of the most difficult genres to sing
  • He sang 5 film songs in Kannada .
  • He sang in the Nepali movie ” Maitighar “
  • He sang 2 in Malayalam – “Maanasamaine Varoo” from 1965 film Chemmeen and song “Chemba Chemba” from 1974 film Nellu sung with P Jayachandran both composed by Salil Chowdhary and lyrics by Vayalar.

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to his family . My heart goes to his daughters and other near and dear ones .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer tribute . It is clichéd to say but there will never be another Manna Dey . He bestrode the Hindi film music world like a colossus but unfortunately never got his due .

May his soul rest in peace !

[ Some of the information and the long list of his songs are being quoted from Wikipedia . I express my debt and gratitude . ]

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VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 3 ]


NEWS LETTER

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 04 , 2013           05.45 P.M.

VIDUR Club Newsletter [ 3 ]

[ September 2012 – August 2013 ]

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YEAR AT A GLANCE

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Total Number of Batches = 10

Total Number of Students = 59

Number of Current Students Working [ Only in Films ] = 22

Success Rate of Last Year = 40.00 %

[ 37.20 % Precisely ]

Script Based Workshop Done = 7 Films

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VIDUR Acting Institute BANNER - Training Students Since 1990

VIDUR Acting Institute BANNER – Training Students Since 1990

NO LIES , ONLY TRUTH

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Companies have tradition of publishing Annual Progress Reports for their  share – holders . Acting Institutes have no such tradition . Not even one acting institute of the world has done it ever .

Acting Institutes have only brochures . But brochures are published in bulk and very often they carry old information . Therefore I decided to establish VIDUR Club and publish Newsletter [ Internet Version ] / Booklet of Achievements [ Print Version ] of the previous year for the perusal of our past , present and would be students , friends & well-wishers , who reside in the 158 countries of the world .

When some upstart acting trainers revel in deception , it is prudent to become upright in dealings . When some upstart acting trainers revel in dishing out false data , it is advisable to come out with true facts & figures . When some upstart acting trainers revel in preposterous claims to lure and hoodwink gullible students , it is ethical and natural to remain transparent .

LET TRUTH PREVAIL

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Photographs of all the 10 Batches

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In the previous year  VIDUR Acting Institute has churned out ………. 10 ……………. batches . Total number of students in all these batches were ………….. 59 ………….

Please go through the photographs .

Batch No. 67

Batch No. 67

Batch No. 68

Batch No. 68

Batch No. 69

Batch No. 69

Batch No. 70

Batch No. 70

Batch No. 71

Batch No. 71

Batch No. 72

Batch No. 72

Batch No. 73

Batch No. 73

Batch No. 74

Batch No. 74

Batch No. 75

Batch No. 75

Batch No. 76

Batch No. 76

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Photographs of all the 22 Students , who are working in films

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Out of all the ………….. 59 ………….. students of VIDUR Acting Institute , ……………. 22 ……………. students are working in films . And  thank God ! it is not blink & miss roles in some shelved , forgettable films or some nondescript , episodic serials . They are playing either lead or parallel lead in these films . Thus a little less than 40 %  students of VIDUR Acting Institute are working in films .

Please go through the photographs .

Neha Trivedi of Batch No. 67 is playing an important role in ” Highway “ . It is directed by Imtiaz Ali of ” Rockstar “ fame . She also did a commercial  campaign for Domino’s Pizza .

Neha Trivedi - Batch No. 67

Neha Trivedi – Batch No. 67

Miss Universe India 2012 Urvashi Rautela of Batch No. 68 is playing lead in ” Singh Saab The Great “ opposite Sunny Deol . The film is directed by Anil Sharma of ” Gadar “ fame . [ The film releases this month – November 22 , 2013 ]

Urvashi Rautela - Batch No. 68

Urvashi Rautela – Batch No. 68

Manmeen Gala of Batch No. 69 is playing parallel lead in ” What Happens 6 To 6 ? “ . The film is being made in Telugu and is directed by debutant Jagan Chhalla .

Manmeen Gala - Batch No. 69

Manmeen Gala – Batch No. 69

Nitin Gowda of Batch No. 70 is a Kannadiga actor . He is playing lead in a Kannada movie ” Ringroad Shubha “ . The film is directed by debutante Priya Belliappa . It has unique distinction of being India’s first all-female-crew film .

Nitin Gowda - Batch No. 70

Nitin Gowda – Batch No. 70

Riya Thakur of Batch No. 71 [ She re-joined me ] is playing main lead in ” Shukla Ji Street “ . The film is directed by Anil Mattoo .

Riya Thakur - Batch No. 71

Riya Thakur – Batch No. 71

Zoa Morani of Batch No. 75 is playing solo lead in ” Bhaag Johnny “ . It is directed by Shivam Nair and is written and produced by Vikram Bhatt .

Zoa Morani - Batch No. 75

Zoa Morani – Batch No. 75

Akriti Bisaria is of Batch No. 75 is playing solo lead in ” Kapat ” . It is directed by debutant Milinnd Sagar .

Akriti Bisaria - Batch No. 75

Akriti Bisaria – Batch No. 75

Bhavna Chugani of Batch No. 76 is playing lead role in ” My Idol “ . It is directed by Amit Sharma . She hails from Jakarta , Indonesia .

Bhavna Chugani - Batch No. 76

Bhavna Chugani – Batch No. 76

Mohit Pursani of Batch No. 76 is playing an important role in ” My Idol ” . It is directed by Amit Sharma . He also hails from Jakarta , Indonesia .

Mohit Pursani - Batch No. 76

Mohit Pursani – Batch No. 76

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Private Students Working in Films

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Apart from above mentioned ………. 09 ……….. students from the batches , I also trained ………..13 ………… students privately for various films .

Please go through the photographs .

Tanvi Rao is doing a pivotal role in the film ” Gulaab Gang “ with Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla . The film is directed by Soumik Sen .

Tanvi Rao

Tanvi Rao

Bilal Amrohi is grandson of legendary Producer-Director Kamal Amrohi of iconic film  ” Pakeezah “ . He is doing parallel lead in ” O Teri ! “ . The film is produced by Atul Agnihotri and directed by debutant Umesh Bisht .

Bilal Amrohi

Bilal Amrohi

Sirish Allu is a Telugu actor , who made his debut in ” Gouravam “ . He is son of Movie Moghul Allu Aravind and brother of Telugu Super Star Allu Arjun . The film is written & directed by Radha Mohan . It is a Telugu , Tamil bilingual .

Sirish Allu

Sirish Allu

Mia Evonne Uyeda , a French-Canadian national , is a former MTV V.J. She is doing parallel lead in ” Tere Bin Laden – The Third ” . The sequel is being made by the team of ” Tere Bin Laden ” .

Mia Evonne Uyeda

Mia Evonne Uyeda

Lakshmi Rao is playing lead in a Telugu film ” What Happens 6 to 6 ? ” . The film is directed by debutant Jagan Chhalla .

Lakshmi Rao

Lakshmi Rao

Armaan Jain , grandson of immortal Raj Kapoor and cousin of Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor , is making debut in the Untitled film of Illuminati Films . It is being produced by Saif Ali Khan and directed by Arif Ali , younger brother of Imtiaz Ali . A. R. Rehman is giving music in this untitled film . Incidentally all the 4 artistes mentioned above ; Kareena Kapoor , Ranbir Kapoor , Armaan Jain and producer Saif Ali Khan , are my students .

Armaan Jain

Armaan Jain

Brazilian beauty Nathalia Martins is doing main lead in ” Guns of Banaras ” . It is being produced by Shaina Nath and directed by Shekkhar Suri .

Nathalia Martins Pinheiro

Nathalia Martins

Apart from above mentioned ……… 07 ………. students , whom I trained privately ,  ……….. 02 ……… more private students of mine ; Sohoni Paul and Preeti Deasi are working in films .

Sohoni Paul is daughter of Tapas Paul , the superstar of Bengali films . She is doing ” Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa “ opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui . The film is directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta .

Miss Great Britain 2006 Preeti Desai is currently working in ” One by Two “ opposite Abhay Deol . The film is directed by Devika Bhagat , the screenplay writer of ” Ladies vs Ricky Bahl ” and ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” .

I privately trained ………….. 02 ………… more students for various projects . They are :

Anupama Chopra [ Film Critic & TV Host of ” The Front Row “

Ganesh Hegde [ The Choreographer ].

I am also privately training ………….. 02 …………… more student for Diction . They are ;  Alia Bhatt and Aadar Jain , younger brother of Armaan Jain .

Thus the grand total of recent students , who are working in films is 22 .

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Photographs of all the 7 films , for which workshop has been done

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Apart from training above mentioned …………. 22 …………. students , last year I also did script-based workshop for …………. 07 ………… films . These films are ; Karan Johar’s ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” , Atul Agnihotri’s  ” O Teri ! ” , Anil Mattoo’s  ” Shukla Ji Street ” , Vikram Bhatt’s ” Bhaag Johnny ” , Rikku ji’s ” Guns of Banaras ” , Amit Sharma’s ” My Idol “ and Milinnd Sagar’s ” Kapat ” .

Please go through the photographs .

Kalki Koechlin in "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani"

Kalki Koechlin in ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “

Producer Atul Agnihotri & Lead Pair Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi during the Workshop of "O Teri !"

Producer Atul Agnihotri & Lead Pair Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi during the Workshop of “O Teri !”

Workshop Team of " Gangs of Benaras "

Workshop Team of ” Guns of Banaras “

Workshop Team of " My Idol "

Workshop Team of ” My Idol “

To further substantiate my standing as the acting trainer of India of 23 years of standing , here are links of the 21 newspaper articles , links of 04 online postings and links of 8 TV interviews :

Link of Articles in News Papers :
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1 – DNA article about Neil : http://bit.ly/Hnpnh #DNA

2 – Katrina Kaif perfects accent in 20 days- Hindustan Times:
http://bit.ly/bupljo via @addthis

3 – Screen article about Katrina :
Getting trained: http://bit.ly/dmi5FN via @addthis

4 – Times of India, Crest Edition article about Vidur : http://www.timescrest.com/society/ordinary-heroes-3151

5 – List on http://www.google.com :
http://goo.gl/lists/DLuC

6 – Mumbai Mirror article about Vidur , Hazel & Bodyguard : http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/30/20110302201103020640548027230e1e6/Lifting-the-haze-surrounding-Salman’s-Hazel.html

7 – Deccan Chronicle article about Vidur : http://www.deccanchronicle.com/tabloid/hyderabad/naga-chaitanya%25E2%2580%2599s-new-girl-193

8 – HT Cafe article about Vidur & Katrina Kaif : http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/196265_192372140804702_101736989868218_450549_3700391_n.jpg

9 – HT Cafe article about Vidur & Dev Patel : Hindustan Times http://www.hindustantimes.com/Dev-Patel-learns-to-speak-English-desi-style/Article1-687884.aspx

10 – SHOWBIZ SPY article about Vidur & Dev Patel : http://www.showbizspy.com/article/231206/deva-patel-voice-coaching-for-actor-dev-patel.html

11 – THE GUARDIAN WEEKLY – LONDON article about Vidur & Dev Patel : http://gu.com/p/2zzmf/tw

12 – THE SIYASAT DAILY  article about Vidur & Hazel Keech : http://www.siasat.com/english/news/salman-khan-frantically-enamored-hazel via @AddThis

13 – DNA Article about Vidur : Of bhaiyyas, Bhojpuri and Bollywood connection – Entertainment – DNA http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report_of-bhaiyyas-bhojpuri-and-bollywood-connection_1550949

14 – Indian Express Article about Vidur : Actors’ Laboratory – Indian Express: http://bit.ly/sLpy1c via @AddThis

15 – Sunday Indian Express Article about Vidur : Hindi Lessons for Chikni Chameli – Indian Express: http://bit.ly/xwQoX5 via @AddThis

16 – HT Cafe Article No. 1 about Vidur : Ram Charan trains in Hindi for Zanjeer remake – Hindustan Times http://lnkd.in/KYAnnp

17 – HT Cafe Article No. 2 about Vidur : Learning the desi lingo – Hindustan Times http://bit.ly/I8WXKS

18 – Screen Article about Vidur : Going Desi Cool – http://epaper.screenindia.com/137713/Screen-/19-25-July-2013#dual/52/1

19 – Dainik Bhaskar Article in Hindi about Vidur :
http://epaper.bhaskar.com/magazine/navrang-bollywood/299/03082013/mpcg/1/

20 – Divya Bhaskar Article in Gujarati about Vidur :
http://epaper.divyabhaskar.co.in/magazine/navrang/55/02082013/0/1/

21 – Mumbai Mirror Article about Vidur : http://www.mumbaimirror.com/entertainment/bollywood/Zoa-goes-the-Kat-way/articleshow/24282486.cms
www.kreatingcharakters.net

Link of Online Postings :
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1 – A new post about Vidur :
http://movies.indiainfo.com/katrina-took-intensive-training-for-hindi-for-rajneeti-1221560.html

2 – IBNLive posting about Vidur : http://ibnlive.in.com/news/dev-patel-had-to-take-lessons-in-english/144907-8.html

3 – DIGITAL SPY – LONDON posting on Vidur : Dev Patel takes Indian accent lessons http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/bollywood/news/a315893/dev-patel-takes-indian-accent-lessons.html via @digitalspy

4 – PRO BOLLYWOOD NEWS BLOG: VIDUR OF FILM STARS http://probollywoodnews.blogspot.com/2009/07/vidur-…

Link of Videos on YouTube :
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1 – DD NEWS :
http://youtu.be/w27yv87ZK5Y

2 – SAAM MARATHI News:
http://youtu.be/dsuxz2VoAhw

3 – E 24 Coverage (1st) :
http://youtu.be/i-9P3Kygoe0

4 –  ZOOM Coverage on Neil:
http://youtu.be/wou0c2cWZNM

5 – India TV News :
Katrina’s Hindi Guru http://bit.ly/9L7lDV

6 – E 24 Coverage (2 nd) :
http://youtu.be/xHkv02UrzaQ?a

7 – ZOOM Coverage on Katrina :
http://youtu.be/6Xu_xBHDQ1M?a

8 – Sahara Samay Coverage on Katrina : http://youtube.com/watch?v=iQXMABH56_Y

I hope this Newsletter will make matter easier for my past , present & future students as well as friends & well-wishers , who reside in 158 countries of the world . I have tried to make my point clear . For the hard copy [ Booklet of Achievements ] , you can contact my office in Mumbai . You can either collect it personally or it will be sent to you by courier .

I am not basking in the past glory . I am not listing shared legacy as my own . I am not resting on the previous laurels . Even after 23 years of continuous work and training artistes uninterruptedly , my journey has not reached saturation point . It continues unabated . It marches ahead vigorously . It still strives for excellence .

For me :

The past is a springboard , not a hammock ………….

The voyage has just started …………………………………

The saga still continues ………………………….

And Yes :

Dust has now started settling down …………………

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Insignia of BRAND VIDUR

Insignia of BRAND VIDUR

With this copy of VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 3 ] , I make myself accountable to one and all and voluntarily submit myself  even for legal scrutiny .

I will see you very soon with VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 4 ] .

VIDUR

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VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 2 ]


NEWS LETTERMUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 02 , 2013           06.50 P.M.

VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 2 ]

June 2013 – August 2013

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Our Success Rate in The Last 3 Months = 40 %

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Our Yearly Success Rate 

September 2013 – August 2013 = 40 %

[ Precisely 37.20 % ]

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VIDUR Acting Institute Banner 2 - Training Students Since 1990

VIDUR Acting Institute Banner 2 – Training Students Since 1990

Welcome to The VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 2 ] !

Hope now you have better understanding of me and my work after going through The VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 1 ] .

VIDUR Acting Institute  , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , completes one year of its existence in present avatar in September 2013 . September 2013 also marks 23 years of my journey as an acting trainer .

VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 2 ] , is focused on the facts and figures of the VIDUR Acting Institute from June 2013 to August 2013 [ 3 Months ] . { Success Rate 40 % }

VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 1 ] was based on the facts and figures of the institute from September 2012 to May 2013 [ 9 Months ] . { Success Rate 40 }

BATCHES

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In the stipulated period of 3 months , I churned out 3 batches . Total number of students in the batches were ………….. 20 ………………… I am providing photographic proof .

Batch No. 74

Batch No. 74

Batch No. 75

Batch No. 75

Batch No. 76

Batch No. 76

STUDENTS OF BATCHES WORKING IN FILMS

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Out of all the ………… 20 ……….. students of  VIDUR Acting Institute  , total number of students working in films are ………………. 04 …………………. Thus from these 3 batches , average 20 % students are working in films as lead actors . And they are not doing one-scene-role in some obscure serials or blink & miss role in some forgettable and shelved films . I am not the trainer , who revels in superfluous , false and concocted claims . I am providing photographic proof .

Zoa Morani of Batch No. 75 is playing lead in ” Bhaag Johnny “ . It is directed by Shivam Nair and is written and produced by Vikram Bhatt .

Zoa Morani - Batch No. 75

Zoa Morani – Batch No. 75

Akriti Bisaria is of Batch No. 75 is doing solo lead in ” Kapat ” . It is directed by Milinnd Sagar .

Akriti Bisaria - Batch No. 75

Akriti Bisaria – Batch No. 75

Bhavna Chugani of Batch No. 76 is playing lead role in ” My Idol “ . It is directed by Amit Sharma . She hails from Jakarta , Indonesia .

Bhavna Chugani - Batch No. 76

Bhavna Chugani – Batch No. 76

Mohit Pursani of Batch No. 76 is playing an important role in ” My Idol ” . It is directed by Amit Sharma . He also hails from Jakarta , Indonesia .

Mohit Pursani - Batch No. 76

Mohit Pursani – Batch No. 76

PRIVATE STUDENTS WORKING IN FILMS

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Apart from above mentioned …………. 04 ………….. students from the batches , there are .………………. 03 ……………. more students , who are working in films . I trained them privately . Here is photographic proof .

Lakshmi Rao is playing lead in the film ” What Happens 6 x 6 ? “

Lakshmi Rao

Lakshmi Rao

Armaan Jain , grandson of Raj Kapoor and cousin of Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor , is making his debut in the Untitled film of Illuminati Films . It is produced by Saif Ali Khan and directed by Arif Ali , younger brother of Imtiaz Ali . In this untitled film , A. R. Rehman is giving music . Incidentally all the 4 artistes mentioned above ; Kareena Kapoor , Ranbir Kapoor , Armaan Jain and producer Saif Ali Khan , are my students .

Armaan Jain

Armaan Jain

Brazilian beauty Nathalia Martins is doing main lead in ” Guns of Banaras ” . It is being produced by Shaina Nath and directed by Shekkhar Suri .

Nathalia Martins Pinheiro

Nathalia Martins Pinheiro

Apart from above mentioned ……………… 07 ……………… students ; ………… 04 ……….. from the batches and ……………. 03 …………….. private , I am training …………… 01 ………… more student for Diction . He is Aadar Jain , younger brother of Armaan Jain .

Thus the grand total of my students , who are working in films , in the past 3 months is 08 .

SCRIPT BASED WORKSHOPS

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Apart from training above mentioned ……………….. 08 ……………….. students , I did script – based workshop for ……………. 04 ………….. films . These films are ; Vikram Bhatt’s ” Bhaag Johnny ” , Shaina Nath’s ” Guns of Banaras ” , Amit Sharma’s ” My Idol “ and Milinnd Sagar’s ” Kapat ” .

I am providing photographic proof .

Workshop Team of " Guns of Banaras "

Workshop Team of ” Guns of Banaras “

Workshop Team of " My Idol "

Workshop Team of ” My Idol “

To further substantiate my standing as the acting trainer of India of 23 years of standing , here are links of the 21 newspaper articles , links of 04 online postings and links of 8 TV interviews :

Link of Articles in News Papers :
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1 – DNA article about Neil : http://bit.ly/Hnpnh #DNA

2 – Katrina Kaif perfects accent in 20 days- Hindustan Times:
http://bit.ly/bupljo via @addthis

3 – Screen article about Katrina :
Getting trained: http://bit.ly/dmi5FN via @addthis

4 – Times of India, Crest Edition article about Vidur : http://www.timescrest.com/society/ordinary-heroes-3151

5 – List on http://www.google.com :
http://goo.gl/lists/DLuC

6 – Mumbai Mirror article about Vidur , Hazel & Bodyguard : http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/30/20110302201103020640548027230e1e6/Lifting-the-haze-surrounding-Salman’s-Hazel.html

7 – Deccan Chronicle article about Vidur : http://www.deccanchronicle.com/tabloid/hyderabad/naga-chaitanya%25E2%2580%2599s-new-girl-193

8 – HT Cafe article about Vidur & Katrina Kaif : http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/196265_192372140804702_101736989868218_450549_3700391_n.jpg

9 – HT Cafe article about Vidur & Dev Patel : Hindustan Times http://www.hindustantimes.com/Dev-Patel-learns-to-speak-English-desi-style/Article1-687884.aspx

10 – SHOWBIZ SPY article about Vidur & Dev Patel : http://www.showbizspy.com/article/231206/deva-patel-voice-coaching-for-actor-dev-patel.html

11 – THE GUARDIAN WEEKLY – LONDON article about Vidur & Dev Patel : http://gu.com/p/2zzmf/tw

12 – THE SIYASAT DAILY  article about Vidur & Hazel Keech : http://www.siasat.com/english/news/salman-khan-frantically-enamored-hazel via @AddThis

13 – DNA Article about Vidur : Of bhaiyyas, Bhojpuri and Bollywood connection – Entertainment – DNA http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report_of-bhaiyyas-bhojpuri-and-bollywood-connection_1550949

14 – Indian Express Article about Vidur : Actors’ Laboratory – Indian Express: http://bit.ly/sLpy1c via @AddThis

15 – Sunday Indian Express Article about Vidur : Hindi Lessons for Chikni Chameli – Indian Express: http://bit.ly/xwQoX5 via @AddThis

16 – HT Cafe Article No. 1 about Vidur : Ram Charan trains in Hindi for Zanjeer remake – Hindustan Times http://lnkd.in/KYAnnp

17 – HT Cafe Article No. 2 about Vidur : Learning the desi lingo – Hindustan Times http://bit.ly/I8WXKS

18 – Screen Article about Vidur : Going Desi Cool – http://epaper.screenindia.com/137713/Screen-/19-25-July-2013#dual/52/1

19 – Dainik Bhaskar Article in Hindi about Vidur :
http://epaper.bhaskar.com/magazine/navrang-bollywood/299/03082013/mpcg/1/

20 – Divya Bhaskar Article in Gujarati about Vidur :
http://epaper.divyabhaskar.co.in/magazine/navrang/55/02082013/0/1/

21 – Mumbai Mirror Article about Vidur : http://www.mumbaimirror.com/entertainment/bollywood/Zoa-goes-the-Kat-way/articleshow/24282486.cms
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Link of Online Postings :
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1 – A new post about Vidur :
http://movies.indiainfo.com/katrina-took-intensive-training-for-hindi-for-rajneeti-1221560.html

2 – IBNLive posting about Vidur : http://ibnlive.in.com/news/dev-patel-had-to-take-lessons-in-english/144907-8.html

3 – DIGITAL SPY – LONDON posting on Vidur : Dev Patel takes Indian accent lessons http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/bollywood/news/a315893/dev-patel-takes-indian-accent-lessons.html via @digitalspy

4 – PRO BOLLYWOOD NEWS BLOG: VIDUR OF FILM STARS http://probollywoodnews.blogspot.com/2009/07/vidur-…

Link of Videos on YouTube :
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1 – DD NEWS :
http://youtu.be/w27yv87ZK5Y

2 – SAAM MARATHI News:
http://youtu.be/dsuxz2VoAhw

3 – E 24 Coverage (1st) :
http://youtu.be/i-9P3Kygoe0

4 –  ZOOM Coverage on Neil:
http://youtu.be/wou0c2cWZNM

5 – India TV News :
Katrina’s Hindi Guru http://bit.ly/9L7lDV

6 – E 24 Coverage (2 nd) :
http://youtu.be/xHkv02UrzaQ?a

7 – ZOOM Coverage on Katrina :
http://youtu.be/6Xu_xBHDQ1M?a

8 – Sahara Samay Coverage on Katrina : http://youtube.com/watch?v=iQXMABH56_Y

I hope I have made my point clear . I am not basking in the past glory . Even after 23 years of work and training artistes uninterruptedly , my journey has not reached saturation point . It continues unabated . It marches ahead vigorously .

The voyage has just started …………………………………

The saga still continues ………………………….


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With this copy of VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 2 ] , I make myself accountable to one and all and voluntarily submit myself  even for legal scrutiny .

I will see you very soon with VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 3 ] .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 02, 2013          08.05 P.M.
Month of September 2013 was not of any great significance for Hindi films .  Remake of the 1973 classic ” Zanjeer “ got released and bombed . ” Shuddha Desi Romance “ from the Yah Raj Films was a sleeper hit . But the real winner of the month was an adult comedy Grand Masti ” , a film directed by Indra Kumar .

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Obituary :

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Vitthal Bhai Patel : 

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Lyricist of Raj Kapoor’s ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] and former Congress minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Vitthal Bhai Patel died on September 06 , 2013 in Bhopal .

He became famous after ” Jhoth Bole Kauwwa Kate …….. “ , a song from ” Bobby “ became super hit . This extremely popular song of Rishi Kapoor’s debut film made Vitthal Bhai Patel a household name . Though other songs of ” Bobby “ were written by Anand Bakshi , but this one song of Vitthal Bhai became almost a national anthem of the youth of that time .

He wrote lyrics for other films also but unfortunately could not replicate success of ” Bobby “ .



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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September  06

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1 – Zanjeer …………………………………………………………….. Priyanka Chopra

……………………………………………………………………………….. Ram Charan

2 – Shuddha Desi Romance ……………………………….. Ashish Singh

3 – Zindagi Jalebi ………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – September  13

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1 – Grand Masti ……………………………………………………. Vivek Oberoi

……………………………………………………………………………….. Karishma Tanna

……………………………………………………………………………….. Darshan Rathod

2 – John Day …………………………………………………………. X

3 – Horror Story ………………………………………………….. X

 

Third Week – September  20

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1 – The Lunch Box ………………………………………………. X

2 – Phata Poster Nikhala Hero …………………………. X

 

Fourth Week  – September  27

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1 – Super Model ………………………………………………… Ashmit Patel

2 – Maazii ……………………………………………………………. X

3 – Prague …………………………………………………………… X

4 – Warning ………………………………………………………… X

5 – Raqt ………………………………………………………………. Sheena Shahabadi

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in September . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 08 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 08 ……… persons , ………… 06 ……………… are actors . Among the rest ……………….. 02 ………………. Ashish Singh is the Ex. Producer of  ” Shuddha Desi Romance “ and Darshan Rathod of Sanjeev – Darshan fame is the music director of  ” Grand Masti “ .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Tanisha Mukerji is participating in  ” Bigg Boss – Season 7 ” .

2 – Apurva Agnihotri is participating in  ” Bigg Boss – Season 7 ” .

3 – Hazel Keech is participating in  ” Bigg Boss – Season 7 ” .


My ……………. 03 ……….. student in ………… 01 ……………. show on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Gurinder Pawar is playing lead in  ” Sounds of Silence ” .

2 – Neha Sareen is playing lead in ” Sounds of Silence ” .

3 – Nasirr Khan is playing lead in ” Happily Married .. Phir Bhi Doubt Hota Hai ”


My …………… 03 ………….. students in ………….. 02 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor is in the Brand Ambassador of ” Heads & Shoulders ” .

2 – Sonali Bendre is the Brand Ambassador of ” Oriflame ” .

3 – Anushka Sharma is the Brand Ambassador of ” Clear Shampoo ” .

4 – Rajneesh Duggal is the Brand Ambassador of ” Raymond ” .

5 – Imran Khan is the Brand Ambassador of ” Bru Coffe ” .

My ………….. 05 …………… student in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaign .

 

Though not very satisfying month for me but still my 08 students appeared in 05 films , 03 students in 01 TV show , 03 students in 02 plays and 05 students appeared in 05 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of September 2013 comes to 19 .

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NEWS LETTER

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate all my above mentioned students .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field .

VIDUR

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25 Years Without Raj Kapoor


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 29 , 2013           08.40 P.M.

I started writing this blog last month . But I was unable to complete it because of several other pressing matters . It seems so uncanny that I am completing and posting it one day after the birthday of Raj Kapoor’s grandson Ranbir Kapoor .

Last month all the members of Raj Kapoor‘s family assembled to remember him on his 25th Death Anniversary . Even general public and his fans remembered him fondly on that occasion . It is heartening to know that even after 25 years of his demise , mortal Raj Kapoor’s  immortal memory refuses to fade away from public memory .

Raj Kapoor died on June 02 , 1988 . I still remember the day . I was sitting in my house in Deoria , Uttar Pradesh , my native place . In those days when the penetration of television was not much , one had to wait for the daily news papers in the morning . In those days I used to subscribe The Times of India , an English daily and  Janasatta , a Hindi daily . Both the papers carried front page news of his demise with banner headlines .

Remembering Raj Kapoor

Remembering Raj Kapoor (Photo credit: ramesh_lalwani)

Raj Kapoor needs no introduction even today . A Show-Man producer to the hilt , an avant garde director of international repute and a stylized actor of large fan following , Raj Kapoor created history in Indian cinema . He is part of the famous triumvirate of Hindi film industry . Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand being the other members of the famous triumvirate , which ruled the Hindi film world for the longest time .

Raj Kapoor birth place at Dhaki Munawar Shah, ...

Raj Kapoor birth place at Dhaki Munawar Shah, Peshawar, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Main gate of Raj Kapoor's birth place at Dhaki...

Main gate of Raj Kapoor’s birth place at Dhaki Munawar Shah, Peshawar, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He , at the age of 24 , became the youngest producer & director with his very first film ” Aag ” [ 1948 ] . Later on he produced 18 films and directed 11 under his own banner R. K. Films .

” Aag ” [ 1948 ] , ” Barsaat ” [ 1949 ] , ” Awaara ” [ 1951 ] , ” Aah ” [ 1953 ] , ” Boot Polish ” [ 1954 ] , ” Shree 420 ” [ 1955 ] , ” Jagte Raho ” [ 1956 ] , ” Ab Dilli Dur Nahin ” [ 1957 ] , ” Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai ” [ 1960 ] , ” Sangam ” [ 1964 ] , “Mera Naam Joker ” [ 1970 ] , ” Kal Aaj Aur Kal ” [ 1971 ] , “Bobby ” [ 1973 ] , ” Dharam Karam ” [ 1975 ] , ” Satyam Shivam Sundaram ” [ 1978 ] , ” Biwi O Biwi ” [ 1981 ] , ” Prem Rog ” [ 1982 ] andRam Teri Ganga Maili ” [ 1985 ] .

I am fortunate that I have seen all the 18 films produced by him . Needless to say that I have also watched all the 11 films , which he directed .

When he died in 1988 , I was in Deoria . One year later , in 1989 , I came to Mumbai . In 1990 I started my career as an acting trainer . Today , as I am writing this blog , I can proudly say that in a way , I am also associated with him . I am very fortunate that I have trained 4 grandchildren of legendary and immortal Raj Kapoor .

In 1999 I started training Kareena Kapoor for Hritik Roshan’s debut film ” Kaho Na … Pyaar Hai ” [ 2000 ] . It is another story that she couldn’t do the film and eventually debuted with Abhishek Bachchan in ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] . She is daughter of Randhir Kapoor , eldest son of Raj Kapoor .

After Kareena Kapoor , I was called by Neetu Kapoor ji in 2004 to train Ranbir Kapoor , who was about to make his debut with ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] . Coincidently I am writing this blog one day after his birthday . He is son of Rishi Kapoor , 2nd son of Raj Kapoor .

In 2012 Raj Kapoor’s youngest daughter Rima Jain ji called me to train her elder son Armaan Jain .  Armaan Jain will make his debut in 2014 with a film being produced by Saif Ali Khan , another student of mine . This untitled film is being directed by Imtiaz Ali’s brother Arif Ali .

Currently , Rima ji’s younger son Aadar Jain is also getting trained by me .

Thus I can say it with great sense of satisfaction that I am fortunate enough to have trained 4 grandchildren of legendary Raj Kapoor .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my homage to Raj Kapoor , the greatest showman of Hindi cinema .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer tributes to the legendary film – maker on his 25th death anniversary .

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……. And Pran !! Never Before ; Never Again


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA            JULY 24, 2013           04.45 P.M.

On April 16, 2013 , I wrote a blog about Pran saheb . He was conferred Dada Saheb Phalke Award . And I posted my admiration for the man . I am posting the link of that blog :

 

Phalke Award ……………….. And Pran http://wp.me/ptyXI-2Sa

Little did I know that within 3 months , I would be sitting in my office and writing this obituary . Life is unpredictable and its hidden hands play strange and unfathomable games .

On July 12 , 2013 while I was sitting in my study in the night , I suddenly saw a post on the timeline of my facebook – ” RIP Pran Saheb ” . I was stunned . But I know that sometimes facebook postings are wrong and erroneous . So I approached my twitter-handle and it was flooded with the news of his death . Now there was no doubt . It was confirmed . It was true that Pran Saheb left us for his last journey . He was 93 at the time of his death .

I cannot put my grief in words . My association with the persona of Pran Saheb started with films like ;  ” Khandan ” [ 1965 ] , ” Shaheed ” [ 1965 ] , ” Dil Diya Dard Liya ” [ 1966 ] andRam Aur Shyam ” [ 1967 ] . I saw these films in quick succession in Deoria and Allahabad and started admiring him as an actor . ” Tere Mere Sapne ” [ 1999 ] was the last film of Pran Saheb which I watched in Mumbai . Thus it was a 34-year-long association of a fan with the legend .

Pran - Zanjeer

Pran in Zanjeer (Photo credit: Kaddele)

His stupendous innings started in 1940 . He hit the screen 4 years after Ashok Kumar and exactly 4 years before Dilip Kumar . Generations got changed . Times and fashion changed . Era of stars and super-stars came and went away . From Ashok Kumar to Dilip Kumar , from Dilip Kumar to Rajesh Khanna and from Rajesh Khanna to Amitabh Bachchan , several film stars came , ruled and then either retired or faded into oblivion or simply died . But era of Pran never ebbed , never receded , never ended . He never went away . From Ashok Kumar to Arshad Warsi , and from Suraiya to Sri Devi , he worked with every star worth his name .

In my earlier blog I have given complete list of his 350 films . Here I am giving list of important films of his career . In the list of Pran Saheb’s important films , there are 144 films . In 1940s there were 6 films . In the 50s 14 films , in the 60s 44 films , in the 70s 51 films , in the 80s 24 films , in the 90s 4 films and even in 2000s there was 1 important film . It is incredible . FromYamla Jat ” [ 1940 ] to ” Kiska Dosh ” [ 2003 ] , it was a 63-year-long journey of excellence and stardom , rather super-stardom .

1940s

  • Yamla Jat (1940)
  • Khajanchi (1941)
  • Khandaan (1942)
  • Ziddi (1948)
  • Grahasti (1948)
  • Badi Bahen (1949)

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

  • Kiska Dosh (2003)
I am fortunate that out of his above mentioned 144 important films , I have seen 120 films . May be I am missing one or two films . But even 120 is a decent number and it shows my admiration for Pran Saheb .
Pran Saheb is now gone . His billing in the titles of films always used to be ………………………………….and Pran . And even in his death it is there . It is uncanny . In 2011 and 2012 several stalwarts of film world left this world for their final and eternal journey . If you go through the list, it is eerie . It is uncanny . The list will be :
Dev Anand , Shammi Kapoor , Navin Nishchol , Bob Christo , Goga Kapoor , Jagjit Singh , Bhupen Hazarika , Srinivas Khale , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi , Mani Kaul , Surinder Kapoor , Tony Walker , M. F. Husain , Shandar Amrohi , Sachin Bhowmick , Kalpana , Joy Mukherjee , Achla Sachdev , Dara Singh , Rajesh Khanna , A. K. Hangal , Jaspal Bhatti , Ravi , Pandit Ravi Shankar , B. R. Ishara , Yash Chopra ……………………… and PRAN
 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to the family of Pran Saheb .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer prayers for the departed soul .

Rest in peace Sir !

In the world of films there will never be anyone like you . And on the silver screen , I will never see  ………………. and Pran .

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Dulari Ji Is Gone; Unwept, Unheard , Unsung !


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 09 , 2013           06.45 P.M.
Dulari In Her Twilight Years

Dulari In Her Twilight Years

On Monday morning I was shocked to read the news of death of Dulari , a veteran yesteryear Hindi film actor . It is so heart-wrenching that she died in January 2013 and the news came in May 2013 , in Monday’s Times of India . If a popular actor dies and the news comes out a full four months later , it shows the callousness of our film industry . How come no one tried to contact her ? How come no one ever called her to say hi ? How come no one inquired about her health and well-being ? I must admit , our film industry is full of cussed , cruel and selfish people .
Today as I am writing this blog , I suddenly remember these lines , which was filmed on her in ” Devdas ” , a Bimal Roy classic .
साजन की हो गयी गोरी ………
अब घर  का आँगन बिदेस लागे  रे  , नैहर का जीवन कलेस लागे  रे …..

साजन की हो गयी गोरी ………

She left this ephemeral , painful world for her eternal journey . She joined her lover , the God , and became one with him .

A Young Dulari

A Young Dulari

Hindi cinema had many famous and powerful mother figures . Durga Khote , Lalita Pawar , Leela Chitnis , Kamini Kaushal , Achala Sachdev and Sulochna are some of the most famous mothers of Hindi cinema . In recent history Nirupa Roy became an ultimate mother figure . Dulari, though not as famous as her other illustrious peers , was also a popular mother figure of Hindi films .

Dulari - The Poorman's Mother

Dulari – The Poorman’s Mother

She started as a heroine in a couple of films . Immortal hits like  ” Aana Meri Jaan Meri Jaan , Sunday Ke Sunday ”  and ” Jawaani Ki Rail Chali Jaaye Re “ , both from ” Shehnai ” [ 1947 ] were filmed on her .

Dulari

I first noticed her in Bimal Roy’s ” Devdas “ [ 1955 ] . Two songs , written by Sahir Ludhianvi and tuned by Sachin Dev Burman , were filmed on her . ” Aan Milo Aan Milo Shyam Sanware ” and ” Sajan Ki Ho Gayi Gori “ are connoisseurs delight even today .  She played a Vaishnavi Saint with Nana Palsikar as her screen companion . A young Paro , played by Baby Naaz , was sitting on a branch of a mango tree and was remembering Devdas , while Nana Palsikar sang the song and danced . Dulari was just sitting calmly and singing the female version sung by Geeta Dutt . Her calm and serene face remained in my memory . In the same film , years later , when Paro grew older [ played by etherial Suchitra Sen ] , she was again sitting and remembering Devdas . Again same Vaishnav saints came and started singing . Now the song was ” Sajan Ki Ho Gayi Gori ” . I am unable to forget these scenes , these two songs , melancholic face of Paro , played by Baby Naaz and Suchitra Sen respectively and of course Nana Palsikar and Dulari .

Then , years later I watched ” Padosan ” [ 1968 ] and ” Gopi ” [ 1973 ] . In both the films she played the maternal aunt of lead actors ; Sunil Dutt and Dilip Kumar . Memory of her earlier starrers ” Shehnai ” [ 1947 ] , and ” Devdas ” [ 1955 ] once again became fresh in my mind . It is not that I have seen only above mentioned 4 films . I have seen innumerable films of her . But these 4 remain in my memory .

Dulari as Mother Figure

Dulari as Mother Figure

A Kanyakubj Brahman from the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh , she was born and brought up in Maharashtra . She spent her childhood in Nagpur , where she was born on 18th April 1928. Her name was Ambika but she was nick-named Rajdulari and later on only Dulari remained and the world knew her as Dulari .

Dulari ji’s first film was ‘Bombay Talkies’s’ famous movie ” Jhoola ”  [ 1941 ] with Ashok Kumar . Later on she played Jairaj’s younger sister in a Bombay Talkies film Hamari Baat’ . She was also seen as the second lead in  ‘Amar Pictures’ film ‘Adaab Arz’ where her leading man was the famous singer Mukesh . Both the films were made in 1944 .
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Later on she played small roles in films like ” Ghar ” [ 1945 ] , ” Kulkalank ”  [ 1945 ] , ‘Ahinsa’, ‘Black Market’, ‘Namak’, ‘Pati Sewa’, ‘Rangeen Kahani’ [ all 1947 ] . But Dulari got her real due with ‘Filmistan’s super hit film ” Shehnai ” [ 1947 ] . She played Rehana’s elder sister in the movie and her leading man was Mehmood’s father Mumtaz Ali . As I mentioned earlier two immortal songs were picturized on her in this film . ” Aana Meri Jaan Meri Jaan , Sunday Ke Sunday ”  and ” Jawaani Ki Rail Chali Jaaye Re “ .

After ” Shehnai “ she did films like ” Gunsundari ” , ” Mitti Ke Khilone ” , ” Naav’ ” [ all 1948 ] , ” Nanad Bhaujai ” , ” Shayar ”  [ both 1949 ] , ” Apni Chhaya ” , ” Man Ka Meet ”  [ both 1950 ] , ” Albela ”  [ 1951 ], ” Anjaam ” , ” Bhoole Bhatke ” and ” Veer Arjun ”  [ all 1952 ] .
Paapi
Dulari was seen in an important role in the movie ” Paapi ” [ 1953 ] . In this Ranjeet Movietone film Raj Kapoor played his career’s only double role. Nargis and Dulari played his two heroines .  After it she worked in Jeewan Jyoti ” [ 1953 ] , ” Devdas ”  [ 1955 ] , ” Zindagi Ke Mele ”  [ 1956 ] , ” Ek Gaon Ki Kahani ” , ” Johny Walker ” ,  ” Paying Guest ”  [ all 1957 ] ,  ” Kavi Kalidas ”  and ” Santaan ” [ 1959 ] .
Devdas (1955 film)

Devdas (1955 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Padosan

After 1959 , after two years hiatus , she started her second innings from 1961 and for the next 35 years, Dulari played many big and small roles in almost 135 films like ‘Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai’, ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’, ‘Apne Hue Paraye’, ‘Aap Aaye bahaar Aai’, ‘Aaye Din Bahaar Ke’, Anupama’, ‘Teesri Kasam’, ‘Padosan’, ‘Aradhna’, ‘Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke’, ‘Chiraagh’, ‘Inteqaam’, ‘Aan Milo Sajna’, ‘Heer Ranjha’, ‘Johny Mera Naam’, ‘Caravan’, ‘Laal Patthar’, ‘Beimaan’, ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Raja Rani’, ‘Ameer Gareeb’, ‘Haath Ki Safai’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Do Jasoos’, ‘Aahuti’, ‘Ganga Ki Saugandh’, ‘Biwi O Biwi’, ‘Naseeb’, ‘Prem Rog’, ‘Agar Tum Na Hote and ‘Dharmadhikari’. And then one day she quietly retired from the world of movies.

Later on she did only two films . ” Surya ” [ 1989 ] and ” Ziddi ” [ 1997 ] . Ziddi directed by Guddu Dhanoa is her last film . Thus from ” Jhoola ”  [ 1941 ] to ” Ziddi ” [ 1997 ] , her career span was 56 years .

After a career spanning 56 years and after 171 hindi, 35 Gujarati, 3 Marathi and 1 Rajasthani film , she left Mumbai and went to live with her daughter in Indore . She also acted in a ‘Shri Adhikari Brothers’ serial called ‘Waqt Ki Raftaar’ .

During her final years Dulari ji was suffering from Alzheimer and was admitted to ICU in a hospital in PUNE in the last week of December ’12 where at the age of 85 she breathed her last on 18th January 2013 around 10 a.m. She was cremated on 19th January 2013 in the noon in Pune.

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Few links of songs filmed on Dulari :
1 – aana meri jaan sunday ke sunday /shehnai/1947
2 – jawani ki rail chali jaaye/shehnai/1947
3 – aan milo aan milo shyam sanware/devdas/1955
4 – sajan ki ho gai gori/devdas/1955
5 – madhav bin saara brij soona/sautela bhai/1962
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I offer my condolences on behalf myself and on behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May God give eternal peace to Dulari Ji and strength to her daughter and other near and dear ones to bear this loss .

I can visualize a frail ,  85-year-old , lonely lady suffering from Alzheimer , sitting without a friend or companion in an old age home with blank eyes and waiting for some elusive loving one . Long windy nights of winter , dull and dusty days of summer and wet , pouring and dreary evenings of  rainy season must have come and gone  without any trace of succour . It is painful , very painful . Finally , only death could relieve her from her pain .

साजन की हो गयी गोरी ………
अब घर  का आँगन बिदेस लागे  रे  , नैहर का जीवन कलेस लागे  रे …..

साजन की हो गयी गोरी ………

Rest in peace Dulari ji ! A tearful farewell from an ardent fan . I am happy that you left this cruel , selfish , cussed world . May , in next life , you get everything that you have ever desired for you .

[ While writing this blog , I have taken few facts and materials from the article ” Aan Milo Aan Milo Shyam Sanware’-Dulari ” , written by Shri Shishir Krishna Sharma for his ‘Sahara Samay’ column ‘kya bhooloon kya yaad karoon’ . I am indebted . ]

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